Christopher Plummer on "Imaginarium"

Entertainment Weekly has an interview with actor Christopher Plummber, who discusses the fate of THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS in the wake of star Heath Ledger’s death. Directed by Terry Gilliam, IMAGINARIUM had finished location shooting in England and was scheduled to resume interior work, including green-screen special effects, in Vancouver.

How much is left undone on the film?
Oh, there’s an enormous amount left to do. This is why we were going to Vancouver. All the technical stuff, the green-screen, was to be done in Vancouver. God knows what’s going to happen now.
That seems like a pretty substantial blow to the movie.
Of course it is. The film wasn’t half made…. It’s just terrifying. It had so much going for it, and there was so much new stuff we were all going to put into it to help it along. It was a sort of work of invention, from all hands…. And Terry [Gilliam] has had this experience before, with [The Man Who Killed] Don Quixote, with Johnny Depp.
Which famously fell apart early in the filming.
And here it is again. My heart goes out to him because he’s worked so hard to get it off the ground. It just drives you mad thinking about it. I have no idea, and I can’t say, really, what’s going to happen to the film. We’re still in total shock over Heath’s death. It’s sort of literally unbelievable, because apart from the sleeping, he was in such good form…. There was a sweetness about him. He was a very charming and gentle guy, actually.

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